When he’s not posterizing at will with his ground shaking dunks, Blake Griffin is actually a really funny guy. He’s done his rounds in commercials for the Kia Optima, and even interned for Funny or Die at one point.
Earlier this week a video surfaced of Blake Griffin trying his hand at standup comedy…and it was pretty good. This isn’t such an easy feat to pull off – especially when you are 6’10, 250 pounds, and make $20 million dollars a year.
There isn’t much for your average crowd to relate to, and there isn’t much room for self-deprecation. On top of that, you’re one of the nastiest dunkers in the NBA trying to tell jokes to a room full of mere mortals that the majority of can’t even touch the net.
The uphill battle continues, as the NBA is no stranger to throwing out six-figure fines for off-court antics that could generate negative publicity. With all of these factors in consideration, Blake Griffin pulled it off masterfully.
The Stupid Athlete
Blake Griffin joked about the typical stereotype of an athlete and shined light on the issue from a perspective no one else has. He blamed the stereotype on post-game interviews, then invited a member from the crowd to come on stage and do push-ups, jumping jacks, and high knees and then proceeded to interview him with curveball postgame questions.
“Tell me how you’re feeling, now tell me how you’re feeling about how you’re feeling. Also, I need to know about that sexual assault scandal you’re facing.”
The post-game interview is how most people try to get a feel for an athlete’s personality. The only problem is that after strenuous physical activity for two hours, the most articulate responses don’t come out.
We talk about athlete trades often from the team perspective and relegate the athletes to the role of strategic pieces.
“You put all your heart and soul into this team and then one day they say, ‘yeah we’re done. Pack up your shit, you’re going to Nashville.”
Griffin then goes on to compare getting traded from a team to getting traded in relationships. One day your wife trades you to another wife and then you have to move at the end of the day. And there’s nothing you can do about it because of a contract you signed when you were 21.
This is something we often don’t take into consideration. Where you play can sometimes have more weight than what team you play for, and often has a huge influence. LeBron and Bosh going to Miami may have primarily been in chase for the championship, but moving to Miami from Cleveland and Toronto isn’t too bad either. On the flipside of that, getting traded from a big bustling metropolis like New York City to go play for the Minnesota Timberwolves could be enough to take the wind out of your sails (or take you away from distractions).
Move over, Fresh Prince.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 6, 2016
If you’re in your 20s and early-30s making millions of dollars a year, your work schedule involves travelling all around the country, and your teammates are mostly all in the same mentality, you start to frequent strip clubs. Blake Griffin, however, has more timid reservations than the average NBA player when it comes to strip clubs. This is yet another thing most people in the audience can’t relate to, as the average person’s strip club experience is vastly different from duffle bags of $1 bills and 12 rotating big cities a month.
It’s great to see a player’s personality off the court, and Blake Griffin has done a great job of showing that. He’s one of the players that have put the Clippers on the map, both in terms of their competitiveness and their publicity. They have even seemed to eclipse the Lakers in their duel for the spotlight in Los Angeles – partially thanks to Blake Griffin’s comical celebrity.